PSA: Beware of fake BBM for Android / iOS betas - Sign up to be alerted when it really goes live!

By Bla1ze on 4 Jun 2013 02:37 am EDT
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Chances are, you've seen some postings around the internet regarding a download site for a BBM beta for Android and iOS. That's because someone cleverly disguised a website recently and made it look as though it was an official BlackBerry site. The site looks genuine enough and even offers a download with an iOS .ipa file along with an Android .apk file but we assure you, it's not legit. In fact, it pretty much screams computer virus. We're not going to link to it but it's hosted on some free web site and will hopefully, be yanked down soon.

Luckily, whoever packed it up also password locked it and directs folks to a download page. The download page itself is where the virus comes from so, do avoid it. If you're really looking to be alerted when BBM for Android and iOS goes live, then you can sign up at the official BlackBerry page or just stay tuned here and we'll let you all know when it's really available, in release or beta form.

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PSA: Beware of fake BBM for Android / iOS betas - Sign up to be alerted when it really goes live!

32 Comments

Hopefully this is a great indication of how many people are eager to get their hands on the best messaging platform. I'll wait for the go ahead from CrackBerry!

Posted via CB10

Whoever is stupid enough to even attempt this deserves a virus.

I'll stick to downloading from the Play Store.

Why would anyone who already has a phone buy another phone for 1 app?

Plus it will be out on Android and iOS soon too so I don't understand where the logic is in your comment.

BB has not disclosed if functions other than IM will be available on the BBM for devices other than BB phones.
I you want all the features then you will likely have to use a BB branded phone. That seems to be the logic for BB the company. They can't make money just to have it for free on other devices.

BBRY has said that initially iOS & Android will just have basic chat features, but they HOPE to "have feature parity by the end of the year."

I'm still not sure they will be able to get "Screen Share" working on iOS unless iOS 7 introduces multi-tasking.

It does not make much sense to only release the IM feature that is already available enough services.

The only way BBM will succeed is by being better and doing much more than the competition and the way BlackBerry will make a profit will be from services within the BBM app.
They should have in the app
Regular BBM
Groups
BBM voice
Screen share
BBM connected Games
BBM money
Channels
And I'm sure they have some more ideas up their sleeves. So from some of these they can make money.

Posted via CB10

BB has to sell stuff ... like their current requirement that BB phone users must have a BB paid service of some kind. The items you list are free for BBM users (I don't know about the games, however)
It would not make sense to have free BBM.
All the BB phone users would just abandon their paid service and go the free route.

Thanks for the heads up!

Though logically people should know something's wrong as it's not coming through itunes and Google play!

I mean, the only way to get an .ipa onto an I device is via jailbreak - the sideloading onto an android is easier but still..?

Patience people! The goodness is coming! :-)

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Q10

Actually if your a developer it is as easy to say Install this .ipa
None jailbroken device and can install any IPA i like if i want.

Still trying to figure out why I need this when hangouts works so good. I've used BBM before and never understood what all the noise is about. I do admit to having this bit of exclusively when I used it but it's msg app. It works but doesn't offer anything beyond, I guess it's the security thing again?

Why can't I see my avatar on here when it appears on the forums? Isn't this a bug?

Posted via CB10 (BB Z10 : BLK : OS 10.0)

Thanks for the hands up!

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How about BBM to my PlayBook before any iOS or Android device gets it, or at least a functional Bridge!